Vocabulary Video Contest - List 2 474 words

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  1. preen
    clean with one's bill
  2. vicarious
    experienced at secondhand
  3. supplant
    take the place or move into the position of
  4. lewd
    suggestive of or tending to moral looseness
  5. deflect
    turn from a straight course, fixed direction, or line of interest
  6. uncouth
    lacking refinement or cultivation or taste
  7. clientele
    customers collectively
  8. fidelity
    the quality of being faithful
  9. cohabit
    share living quarters; usually said of people who are not married and live together as a couple
  10. solvent
    capable of meeting financial obligations
  11. galleon
    a large square-rigged sailing ship with three or more masts; used by the Spanish for commerce and war from the 15th to 18th centuries
  12. myopic
    unable to see distant objects clearly
  13. smirk
    smile affectedly or derisively
  14. stupefy
    make dull or stupid or muddle with drunkenness or infatuation
  15. consequential
    having important issues or results
  16. foppish
    affecting extreme elegance in dress and manner
  17. willful
    done by design
  18. pandemic
    existing everywhere
  19. nullify
    declare invalid
  20. rebate
    a refund of some fraction of the amount paid
  21. tyranny
    a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc.)
  22. roil
    make turbid by stirring up the sediments of
  23. effeminate
    having unsuitable feminine qualities
  24. orator
    a person who delivers a speech or oration
  25. braggadocio
    vain and empty boasting
  26. balk
    refuse to comply
  27. delirium
    a usually brief state of excitement and mental confusion often accompanied by hallucinations
  28. asylum
    a shelter from danger or hardship
  29. simian
    relating to or resembling an ape
  30. demur
    take exception to
  31. impertinent
    improperly forward or bold
  32. cacophonous
    having an unpleasant sound
  33. wangle
    an instance of accomplishing something by scheming or trickery
  34. alimentary
    of or providing nourishment
  35. crabbed
    annoyed and irritable
  36. defame
    charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone
  37. impolitic
    not politic
  38. immune
    relating to the condition of immunity
  39. carouse
    engage in boisterous, drunken merrymaking
  40. neologism
    a newly invented word or phrase
  41. carat
    the unit of measurement for the proportion of gold in an alloy; 18-karat gold is 75% gold; 24-karat gold is pure gold
  42. ventriloquist
    a performer who projects the voice into a wooden dummy
  43. buccaneer
    someone who robs at sea or plunders the land from the sea without having a commission from any sovereign nation
  44. disband
    cause to break up or cease to function
  45. venal
    capable of being corrupted
  46. centrifuge
    an apparatus that uses centrifugal force to separate particles from a suspension
  47. brindled
    having a grey or brown streak or a pattern or a patchy coloring; used especially of the patterned fur of cats
  48. clime
    the weather in some location averaged over some long period of time
  49. glare
    be sharply reflected
  50. vortex
    a powerful circular current of water (usually the result of conflicting tides)
  51. touchstone
    a basis for comparison; a reference point against which other things can be evaluated
  52. pacifist
    someone opposed to violence as a means of settling disputes
  53. luxuriate
    become extravagant; indulge (oneself) luxuriously
  54. intangible
    incapable of being perceived by the senses especially the sense of touch
  55. remorse
    a feeling of deep regret (usually for some misdeed)
  56. wax
    any of various substances of either mineral origin or plant or animal origin; they are solid at normal temperatures and insoluble in water
  57. xenophobia
    a fear of foreigners or strangers
  58. miasma
    an unwholesome atmosphere
  59. exert
    put to use
  60. cartographer
    a person who makes maps
  61. tightwad
    a miserly person
  62. acuity
    sharpness of vision; the visual ability to resolve fine detail (usually measured by a Snellen chart)
  63. irreconcilable
    impossible to reconcile
  64. pediatrician
    a specialist in the care of babies
  65. monumental
    of outstanding significance
  66. chortle
    a soft partly suppressed laugh
  67. berserk
    one of the ancient Norse warriors legendary for working themselves into a frenzy before a battle and fighting with reckless savagery and insane fury
  68. missive
    a written message addressed to a person or organization
  69. dinghy
    a small boat of shallow draft with cross thwarts for seats and rowlocks for oars with which it is propelled
  70. drivel
    saliva spilling from the mouth
  71. gauche
    lacking social polish
  72. submissive
    inclined or willing to submit to orders or wishes of others or showing such inclination
  73. aquiline
    curved down like an eagle's beak
  74. killjoy
    someone who spoils the pleasure of others
  75. anomaly
    deviation from the normal or common order or form or rule
  76. disport
    occupy in an agreeable, entertaining or pleasant fashion
  77. grandeur
    the quality of being magnificent or splendid or grand
  78. torrent
    an overwhelming number or amount
  79. valor
    the qualities of a hero or heroine; exceptional or heroic courage when facing danger (especially in battle)
  80. decadence
    the state of being degenerate in mental or moral qualities
  81. suppress
    to put down by force or authority
  82. dowdy
    lacking in smartness or taste
  83. noncommittal
    refusing to bind oneself to a particular course of action or view or the like
  84. atone
    turn away from sin or do penitence
  85. imbalance
    a lack of balance or state of disequilibrium
  86. welt
    a raised mark on the skin (as produced by the blow of a whip); characteristic of many allergic reactions
  87. tempo
    (music) the speed at which a composition is to be played
  88. potent
    having or wielding force or authority
  89. shoddy
    of inferior workmanship and materials
  90. complementary
    acting as or providing a complement (something that completes the whole)
  91. parlance
    a manner of speaking that is natural to native speakers of a language
  92. adulterate
    corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance; often by replacing valuable ingredients with inferior ones
  93. verbose
    using or containing too many words
  94. pugilist
    someone who fights with his fists for sport
  95. coagulate
    change from a liquid to a thickened or solid state
  96. deterrent
    something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress
  97. dirge
    a song or hymn of mourning composed or performed as a memorial to a dead person
  98. assumption
    the act of assuming or taking for granted
  99. suture
    a seam used in surgery
  100. raspy
    unpleasantly harsh or grating in sound
  101. gruel
    a thin porridge (usually oatmeal or cornmeal)
  102. comely
    according with custom or propriety
  103. avenge
    take revenge for a perceived wrong
  104. centurion
    (ancient Rome) the leader of 100 soldiers
  105. obfuscate
    make obscure or unclear
  106. chaotic
    completely unordered and unpredictable and confusing
  107. collate
    to assemble in proper sequence
  108. rave
    talk in a noisy, excited, or declamatory manner
  109. ovoid
    rounded like an egg
  110. flit
    move along rapidly and lightly; skim or dart
  111. chide
    censure severely or angrily
  112. turbid
    (of liquids) clouded as with sediment
  113. calorific
  114. fervid
    characterized by intense emotion
  115. decrepitude
    a state of deterioration due to old age or long use
  116. corporeal
    having material or physical form or substance
  117. pry
    be nosey
  118. codify
    organize into a code or system, such as a body of law
  119. candor
    the quality of being honest and straightforward in attitude and speech
  120. facile
    arrived at without due care or effort; lacking depth
  121. subaltern
    a British commissioned army officer below the rank of captain
  122. penance
    voluntary self-punishment in order to atone for some wrongdoing
  123. motility
    ability to move spontaneously and independently
  124. shrew
    small mouselike mammal with a long snout; related to moles
  125. aviary
    a building where birds are kept
  126. corpulent
    excessively fat
  127. invalidate
    make invalid for use
  128. cumulative
    increasing by successive addition
  129. corrosive
    of a substance, especially a strong acid; capable of destroying or eating away by chemical action
  130. visceral
    relating to or affecting the viscera
  131. disparity
    inequality or difference in some respect
  132. unaccountable
    not to be accounted for or explained
  133. hue and cry
    loud and persistent outcry from many people
  134. circlet
    a small circle
  135. tonsure
    shaving the crown of the head by priests or members of a monastic order
  136. rebus
    a puzzle where you decode a message consisting of pictures representing syllables and words
  137. gentility
    elegance by virtue of fineness of manner and expression
  138. behoove
    be appropriate or necessary
  139. sportive
    given to merry frolicking
  140. effervescent
    (of a liquid) giving off bubbles
  141. allegory
    a short moral story (often with animal characters)
  142. trigger
    lever that activates the firing mechanism of a gun
  143. lustrous
    reflecting light
  144. reprove
    take to task
  145. solstice
    either of the two times of the year when the sun is at its greatest distance from the celestial equator
  146. equivocate
    be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or withhold information
  147. estrange
    remove from customary environment or associations
  148. iridescent
    varying in color when seen in different lights or from different angles
  149. sleazy
    morally degraded
  150. empathy
    understanding and entering into another's feelings
  151. malleable
    capable of being shaped or bent or drawn out
  152. mercantile
    relating to or characteristic of trade or traders
  153. panegyric
    formally expressing praise
  154. defile
    make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air; also used metaphorically
  155. disaffected
    discontented as toward authority
  156. blanch
    turn pale, as if in fear
  157. bode
    indicate by signs
  158. erroneous
    containing or characterized by error
  159. bemused
    perplexed by many conflicting situations or statements; filled with bewilderment
  160. cohesion
    the state of cohering or sticking together
  161. waggish
    witty or joking
  162. tranquility
    an untroubled state; free from disturbances
  163. authenticate
    establish the authenticity of something
  164. epitome
    a standard or typical example
  165. sheaf
    a package of several things tied together for carrying or storing
  166. diffident
    showing modest reserve
  167. obese
    excessively fat
  168. filch
    make off with belongings of others
  169. eddy
    a miniature whirlpool or whirlwind resulting when the current of a fluid doubles back on itself
  170. reprobate
    a person without moral scruples
  171. artless
    simple and natural; without cunning or deceit
  172. spontaneity
    the quality of being spontaneous and coming from natural feelings without constraint
  173. static
    not in physical motion
  174. construe
    make sense of; assign a meaning to
  175. slapdash
    marked by great carelessness
  176. procurement
    the act of getting possession of something
  177. generality
    the quality of being general or widespread or having general applicability
  178. acclimate
    get used to a certain climate
  179. dubious
    fraught with uncertainty or doubt
  180. audit
    examine carefully for accuracy with the intent of verification
  181. clairvoyant
    someone who has the power of clairvoyance
  182. gerontocracy
    a political system governed by old men
  183. matriculate
    enroll as a student
  184. unison
    corresponding exactly
  185. ethnology
    the branch of anthropology that deals with the division of humankind into races and with their origins and distribution and distinctive characteristics
  186. yen
    the basic unit of money in Japan; equal to 100 sen
  187. extrapolate
    draw from specific cases for more general cases
  188. mincing
    affectedly dainty or refined
  189. oblique
    slanting or inclined in direction or course or position--neither parallel nor perpendicular nor right-angled
  190. grudging
    petty or reluctant in giving or spending
  191. circumlocution
    an indirect way of expressing something
  192. corrugated
    shaped into alternating parallel grooves and ridges
  193. corollary
    (logic) an inference that follows directly from the proof of another proposition
  194. malfeasance
    wrongful conduct by a public official
  195. crotchety
    having a difficult and contrary disposition
  196. yoke
    support consisting of a wooden frame across the shoulders that enables a person to carry buckets hanging from each end
  197. episodic
    of writing or narration; divided into or composed of episodes
  198. magnanimity
    liberality in bestowing gifts; extremely liberal and generous of spirit
  199. palliate
    lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of
  200. equanimity
    steadiness of mind under stress
  201. authoritative
    of recognized authority or excellence
  202. bicker
    argue over petty things
  203. sardonic
    disdainfully or ironically humorous; scornful and mocking
  204. apologist
    a person who argues to defend or justify some policy or institution
  205. antithesis
    exact opposite
  206. satiate
    fill to satisfaction
  207. mosaic
    art consisting of a design made of small pieces of colored stone or glass
  208. tawdry
    tastelessly showy
  209. revoke
    cancel officially
  210. gruff
    brusque and surly and forbidding
  211. atavism
    a reappearance of an earlier characteristic
  212. jibe
    shift from one side of the ship to the other
  213. remission
    (law) the act of remitting (especially the referral of a law case to another court)
  214. worldly
    characteristic of or devoted to the temporal world as opposed to the spiritual world
  215. caricature
    a representation of a person that is exaggerated for comic effect
  216. disquisition
    an elaborate analytical or explanatory essay or discussion
  217. fleck
    a small contrasting part of something
  218. levitate
    cause to rise in the air and float, as if in defiance of gravity
  219. faction
    a dissenting clique
  220. overwrought
    deeply agitated especially from emotion
  221. assay
    a quantitative or qualitative test of a substance (especially an ore or a drug) to determine its components; frequently used to test for the presence or concentration of infectious agents or antibodies etc.
  222. macabre
    shockingly repellent; inspiring horror
  223. nutrient
    any substance that can be metabolized by an animal to give energy and build tissue
  224. whittle
    cut small bits or pare shavings from
  225. litigation
    a legal proceeding in a court; a judicial contest to determine and enforce legal rights
  226. outwit
    beat through cleverness and wit
  227. somatic
    affecting or characteristic of the body as opposed to the mind or spirit
  228. ominous
    threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments
  229. potentate
    a ruler who is unconstrained by law
  230. rummage
    search haphazardly
  231. impassive
    having or revealing little emotion or sensibility; not easily aroused or excited
  232. levy
    impose and collect
  233. braggart
    a very boastful and talkative person
  234. compelling
    driving or forcing
  235. automaton
    a mechanism that can move automatically
  236. dally
    behave carelessly or indifferently
  237. isotope
    one of two or more atoms with the same atomic number but with different numbers of neutrons
  238. multiform
    occurring in or having many forms or shapes or appearances
  239. correlation
    a reciprocal relation between two or more things
  240. sect
    a subdivision of a larger religious group
  241. contention
    the act of competing as for profit or a prize
  242. autonomous
    existing as an independent entity
  243. illusion
    an erroneous mental representation
  244. ethnic
    denoting or deriving from or distinctive of the ways of living built up by a group of people
  245. dismember
    separate the limbs from the body
  246. consensus
    agreement in the judgment or opinion reached by a group as a whole
  247. diminution
    change toward something smaller or lower
  248. complacency
    the feeling you have when you are satisfied with yourself
  249. comatose
    in a state of deep and usually prolonged unconsciousness; unable to respond to external stimuli
  250. communal
    for or by a group rather than individuals
  251. buffoonery
    acting like a clown or buffoon
  252. stanza
    a fixed number of lines of verse forming a unit of a poem
  253. bountiful
    producing in abundance
  254. transgression
    the act of transgressing; the violation of a law or a duty or moral principle
  255. eon
    the longest division of geological time
  256. heckler
    someone who tries to embarrass you with gibes and questions and objections
  257. attentive
    taking heed; giving close and thoughtful attention
  258. circumscribe
    to draw a geometric figure around another figure so that the two are in contact but do not intersect
  259. premise
    a statement that is assumed to be true and from which a conclusion can be drawn
  260. ambulatory
    able to walk about
  261. synoptic
    presenting a summary or general view of a whole
  262. reek
    give off smoke, fumes, warm vapour, steam, etc.
  263. maim
    injure or wound seriously and leave permanent disfiguration or mutilation
  264. paradigm
    a standard or typical example
  265. annul
    cancel officially
  266. nocturnal
    belonging to or active during the night
  267. dogged
    stubbornly unyielding
  268. astral
    being or relating to or resembling or emanating from stars
  269. feign
    make believe with the intent to deceive
  270. irrefutable
    impossible to deny or disprove
  271. resumption
    beginning again
  272. forswear
    formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure
  273. expletive
    profane or obscene expression usually of surprise or anger
  274. gestate
    be pregnant with
  275. pontifical
    proceeding from or ordered by or subject to a pope or the papacy regarded as the successor of the Apostles
  276. herbivorous
    feeding only on plants
  277. riveting
    capable of arousing and holding the attention
  278. disjoint
    having no elements in common
  279. bohemian
    a nonconformist writer or artist who lives an unconventional life
  280. theoretical
    concerned primarily with theories or hypotheses rather than practical considerations
  281. ramify
    have or develop complicating consequences
  282. tipple
    drink moderately but regularly
  283. prate
    speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly
  284. luster
    the visual property of something that shines with reflected light
  285. hypocritical
    professing feelings or virtues one does not have
  286. largess
    liberality in bestowing gifts; extremely liberal and generous of spirit
  287. comeuppance
    an outcome (good or bad) that is well deserved
  288. arrogance
    overbearing pride evidenced by a superior manner toward inferiors
  289. dank
    unpleasantly cool and humid
  290. amulet
    a trinket or piece of jewelry usually hung about the neck and thought to be a magical protection against evil or disease
  291. slander
    words falsely spoken that damage the reputation of another
  292. jingoist
    an extreme bellicose nationalist
  293. preeminent
    greatest in importance or degree or significance or achievement
  294. proxy
    a person authorized to act for another
  295. pervasive
    spreading or spread throughout
  296. demotic
    of or for the common people
  297. renege
    fail to fulfill a promise or obligation
  298. usury
    the act of lending money at an exorbitant rate of interest
  299. rebut
    overthrow by argument, evidence, or proof
  300. incantation
    a ritual recitation of words or sounds believed to have a magical effect
  301. indisputable
    not open to question; obviously true
  302. cede
    give over; surrender or relinquish to the physical control of another
  303. abysmal
    resembling an abyss in depth; so deep as to be unmeasurable
  304. jollity
    feeling jolly and jovial and full of good humor
  305. subjective
    taking place within the mind and modified by individual bias
  306. babble
    utter meaningless sounds, like a baby, or utter in an incoherent way
  307. climactic
    consisting of or causing a climax
  308. covenant
    (Bible) an agreement between God and his people in which God makes certain promises and requires certain behavior from them in return
  309. deface
    mar or spoil the appearance of
  310. rejuvenate
    make younger or more youthful
  311. diadem
    an ornamental jeweled headdress signifying sovereignty
  312. judicious
    marked by the exercise of good judgment or common sense in practical matters
  313. bandy
    discuss lightly
  314. fanaticism
    excessive intolerance of opposing views
  315. fluency
    powerful and effective language
  316. malignant
    dangerous to health; characterized by progressive and uncontrolled growth (especially of a tumor)
  317. hinterland
    a remote and undeveloped area
  318. diligence
    conscientiousness in paying proper attention to a task; giving the degree of care required in a given situation
  319. impeach
    bring an accusation against; level a charge against
  320. adherent
    someone who believes and helps to spread the doctrine of another
  321. falter
    move hesitatingly, as if about to give way
  322. tessellated
    decorated with small pieces of colored glass or stone fitted together in a mosaic
  323. pugnacity
    a natural disposition to be hostile
  324. glimmer
    a flash of light (especially reflected light)
  325. miserly
    (used of persons or behavior) characterized by or indicative of lack of generosity
  326. imprudent
    not prudent or wise
  327. connivance
    agreement on a secret plot
  328. quell
    suppress or crush completely
  329. forensic
    used or applied in the investigation and establishment of facts or evidence in a court of law
  330. prophetic
    foretelling events as if by supernatural intervention
  331. harangue
    a loud bombastic declamation expressed with strong emotion
  332. gamely
    in a plucky manner
  333. superficial
    of, affecting, or being on or near the surface
  334. dappled
    having spots or patches of color
  335. expository
    serving to expound or set forth
  336. dormer
    a gabled extension built out from a sloping roof to accommodate a vertical window
  337. refulgent
    radiating or as if radiating light
  338. catcall
    a cry expressing disapproval
  339. pragmatist
    an adherent of philosophical pragmatism
  340. elaborate
    marked by complexity and richness of detail
  341. intelligentsia
    an educated and intellectual elite
  342. tangential
    of superficial relevance if any
  343. premonitory
    warning of future misfortune
  344. ignoble
    completely lacking nobility in character or quality or purpose
  345. rhapsodize
    say (something) with great enthusiasm
  346. vituperative
    marked by harshly abusive criticism
  347. palatial
    relating to or being a palace
  348. scaffold
    a temporary arrangement erected around a building for convenience of workers
  349. provisional
    under terms not final or fully worked out or agreed upon
  350. mote
    (nontechnical usage) a tiny piece of anything
  351. canter
    a smooth three-beat gait; between a trot and a gallop
  352. pallid
    abnormally deficient in color as suggesting physical or emotional distress
  353. austere
    of a stern or strict bearing or demeanor; forbidding in aspect
  354. affluence
    abundant wealth
  355. fortitude
    strength of mind that enables one to endure adversity with courage
  356. chimerical
    being or relating to or like a chimera
  357. curmudgeon
    a crusty irascible cantankerous old person full of stubborn ideas
  358. barrage
    the heavy fire of artillery to saturate an area rather than hit a specific target
  359. lithe
    moving and bending with ease
  360. salient
    having a quality that thrusts itself into attention
  361. paraphrase
    express the same message in different words
  362. quell
    suppress or crush completely
  363. sententious
    concise and full of meaning
  364. imbroglio
    an intricate and confusing interpersonal or political situation
  365. cadaverous
    of or relating to a cadaver or corpse
  366. consistent
    the same throughout in structure or composition
  367. figurative
    (used of the meanings of words or text) not literal; using figures of speech
  368. anthem
    a song of devotion or loyalty (as to a nation or school)
  369. cogitate
    consider carefully and deeply; reflect upon; turn over in one's mind
  370. seep
    pass gradually or leak through or as if through small openings
  371. wizardry
    exceptional creative ability
  372. bugaboo
    an imaginary monster used to frighten children
  373. bait
    something used to lure fish or other animals into danger so they can be trapped or killed
  374. regeneration
    forming again (especially with improvements or removal of defects); renewing and reconstituting
  375. unprecedented
    having no precedent; novel
  376. malcontent
    discontented as toward authority
  377. whorl
    a round shape formed by a series of concentric circles (as formed by leaves or flower petals)
  378. collateral
    situated or running side by side
  379. insularity
    the state of being isolated or detached
  380. masochist
    someone who obtains pleasure from receiving punishment
  381. snicker
    laugh quietly
  382. imponderable
    difficult or impossible to evaluate with precision
  383. commandeer
    take arbitrarily or by force
  384. heterodox
    characterized by departure from accepted beliefs or standards
  385. plasticity
    the property of being physically malleable; the property of something that can be worked or hammered or shaped without breaking
  386. consign
    give over to another for care or safekeeping
  387. replicate
    reproduce or make an exact copy of
  388. beholden
    under a moral obligation to someone
  389. truncate
    make shorter as if by cutting off
  390. duress
    compulsory force or threat
  391. jettison
    throw away, of something encumbering
  392. abominable
    unequivocally detestable
  393. bedraggled
    limp and soiled as if dragged in the mud
  394. putrid
    of or relating to or attended by putrefaction
  395. squander
    spend thoughtlessly; throw away
  396. torque
    a twisting force
  397. agnostic
    a person who claims that they cannot have true knowledge about the existence of God (but does not deny that God might exist)
  398. quorum
    a gathering of the minimal number of members of an organization to conduct business
  399. drudgery
    hard monotonous routine work
  400. windfall
    a sudden happening that brings good fortune (as a sudden opportunity to make money)
  401. retrench
    tighten one's belt; use resources carefully
  402. repository
    a facility where things can be deposited for storage or safekeeping
  403. deduce
    reason by deduction; establish by deduction
  404. vantage
    place or situation affording some advantage (especially a comprehensive view or commanding perspective)
  405. stupor
    marginal consciousness
  406. finite
    bounded or limited in magnitude or spatial or temporal extent
  407. indomitable
    impossible to subdue
  408. subliminal
    below the threshold of conscious perception
  409. militate
    have force or influence; bring about an effect or change
  410. excerpt
    a passage selected from a larger work
  411. supine
    lying face upward
  412. poseur
    a person who habitually pretends to be something he is not
  413. dilute
    lessen the strength or flavor of a solution or mixture
  414. dupe
    fool or hoax
  415. droll
    comical in an odd or whimsical manner
  416. specious
    plausible but false
  417. sonorous
    full and loud and deep
  418. cerebration
    the process of using your mind to consider something carefully
  419. provident
    providing carefully for the future
  420. irreverence
    an irreverent mental attitude
  421. culmination
    a concluding action
  422. provocative
    serving or tending to provoke, excite, or stimulate; stimulating discussion or exciting controversy
  423. accretion
    an increase by natural growth or addition
  424. roseate
    of something having a dusty purplish pink color
  425. wastrel
    someone who dissipates resources self-indulgently
  426. detrimental
    (sometimes followed by `to') causing harm or injury
  427. swerve
    turn sharply; change direction abruptly
  428. denote
    have as a meaning
  429. solder
    join or fuse with solder
  430. festive
    offering fun and gaiety
  431. pall
    burial garment in which a corpse is wrapped
  432. vulpine
    resembling or characteristic of a fox
  433. brevity
    the attribute of being brief or fleeting
  434. seemly
    according with custom or propriety
  435. flounder
    walk with great difficulty
  436. veneer
    coating consisting of a thin layer of superior wood glued to a base of inferior wood
  437. disavow
    refuse to acknowledge; disclaim knowledge of; responsibility for, or association with
  438. idiom
    an expression whose meanings cannot be inferred from the meanings of the words that make it up
  439. purge
    rid of impurities
  440. insouciant
    marked by blithe unconcern
  441. spruce
    any coniferous tree of the genus Picea
  442. privy
    hidden from general view or use
  443. embed
    fix or set securely or deeply
  444. hypercritical
    inclined to judge too severely
  445. effusion
    an unrestrained expression of emotion
  446. inductive
    inducing or influencing; leading on
  447. stodgy
    excessively conventional and unimaginative and hence dull
  448. resonant
    characterized by resonance
  449. realm
    a domain in which something is dominant
  450. prude
    a person excessively concerned about propriety and decorum
  451. cloister
    residence that is a place of religious seclusion (such as a monastery)
  452. fetter
    a shackle for the ankles or feet
  453. rife
    excessively abundant
  454. pacify
    cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of
  455. slacken
    become slow or slower
  456. sanctimonious
    excessively or hypocritically pious
  457. sluice
    conduit that carries a rapid flow of water controlled by a sluicegate
  458. vaporize
    turn into gas
  459. dilate
    become wider
  460. functionary
    a worker who holds or is invested with an office
  461. apogee
    apoapsis in Earth orbit; the point in its orbit where a satellite is at the greatest distance from the Earth
  462. doctrinaire
    a stubborn person of arbitrary or arrogant opinions
  463. bemoan
    regret strongly
  464. overblown
    puffed up with vanity
  465. grovel
    show submission or fear
  466. fickle
    liable to sudden unpredictable change
  467. haughtiness
    overbearing pride evidenced by a superior manner toward inferiors
  468. ulterior
    lying beyond what is openly revealed or avowed (especially being kept in the background or deliberately concealed)
  469. addled
    confused and vague; used especially of thinking
  470. blowhard
    a very boastful and talkative person
  471. incisive
    having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions
  472. winsome
    charming in a childlike or naive way
  473. fluke
    a stroke of luck
  474. suffuse
    cause to spread or flush or flood through, over, or across